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Doctrine and pastoral care go hand-in-hand, Pope Francis reminds theologians

Sep 4, 2015 - 12:14 pm .- The Church's teaching and her pastoral ministry are not opposed, Pope Francis said in a video message on Thursday, even though this false dichotomy is frequently made.

Blessed Junipero Serra's cross gets a kiss from Pope Francis

Sep 4, 2015 - 06:07 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday kissed and blessed a cross that was buried with Father Junipero Serra, the early California missionary whom he will canonize during his U.S. visit later this month.

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Sep 4, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians.

Strong words from the Vatican as migrant crisis spikes worldwide

Sep 3, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed that they should be welcomed as brothers and sisters – not seen as a burden.

Are dialogue and reconciliation with the SSPX part of the Jubilee for Mercy?

Sep 3, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- Pope Francis' decision that during the Jubilee Year of Mercy the faithful can receive absolution from priests of the Society of St. Pius X is the most recent attempt at reconciliation with the priestly society, according to a Vatican official.

On WWII anniversary, Pope says 'never again' to war, condemns arms trafficking

Sep 2, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- Pope Francis remembered the official end of the Second World War on Wednesday with the plea: “never again,” and he decried similar horrors from today’s bloody conflicts, denouncing weapons trafficking.

Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

Sep 2, 2015 - 12:22 pm .- A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer.

Alliance between families and God can change the world, Pope Francis says

Sep 2, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Encouraging families to hear God's word and to put it into practice, Pope Francis said Wednesday that the family, by being allied with God, is called to counteract the “desertification” found in today's cities.

Pope listens to what Francis of Assisi can teach us about creation

Sep 1, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- On the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the preacher to the papal household said that St. Francis of Assisi is a key model in showing the link between faith in God and care for our common home.

All priests will be able to forgive sin of abortion during Jubilee for Mercy

Sep 1, 2015 - 06:33 am .- In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to forgive the sin of abortion and granting SSPX priests the faculty to forgive sins.

Benedict XVI: God's truth, love, and goodness are what make us pure

Sep 1, 2015 - 03:01 am .- When Benedict XVI said Mass on Sunday for the annual meeting of his former students, his homily focused on how God's Word frees us from the forgetfulness of a world that no longer thinks about God.

Pope Francis holds virtual audience with Americans in Chicago, Texas, LA

Aug 31, 2015 - 07:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday took part in a virtual audience with a group of Americans, less than a month before his historic trip to the United States.

Pope to Catholic lawmakers: Be strong. Protect life.

Aug 31, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- On Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholic legislators to be protectors of human life, calling them to “be strong” against a throw-away culture marked by Christian persecution, and the rejection of the unborn and migrants.

What to learn at the World Meeting of Families: The family is a gift from God.

Aug 30, 2015 - 10:37 am .- The World Meeting of Families event next month in Philadelphia aims to lead families to know their importance as a gift from God and to help them open their hearts to Jesus Christ, a priest involved in the event has said.

Pope Francis: conversion isn't just an appearance – it's a matter of the heart

Aug 30, 2015 - 07:07 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis said that merely obeying the rules isn’t enough to make us holy, but that if we truly want to serve God our conversion has to be deeper, changing the heart.

Pope Francis mourns death of 71 migrants who suffocated in abandoned truck

Aug 30, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented the death of 71 migrants – mostly from war-torn Syria – whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck on an Austrian highway. He offered prayers for the victims.

Former nuncio awaiting Vatican trial died of natural causes, autopsy says

Aug 29, 2015 - 10:48 am .- Initial autopsy findings indicate that disgraced former apostolic nuncio Jozef Wesolowski died of natural causes from a “cardiac event,” the Vatican announced Saturday.

Seminar speakers advocate change on Communion for the divorced-and-remarried

Aug 28, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October.

Vatican: Pope did not endorse 'gay penguin' book

Aug 28, 2015 - 11:52 am .- The Vatican has rejected claims in the media that Pope Francis is supporting a book on gay adoption, saying a letter responding to the author should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

Former nuncio Wesolowski, facing sex abuse trial, dies

Aug 28, 2015 - 09:10 am .- Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who faced criminal charges in Vatican City of possession of child pornography and pedophilic acts, has died at the age of 67.

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